1944-S Jefferson with Bisecting Reverse Die Crack

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  1. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    So I've been educating myself on war nickels while looking for a nice example for the type set. I had set the target as MS-67 or PF-67 if they met my eye appeal requirements. A couple of weeks ago I saw the subject nickel in an auction. It didn't meet any of my criteria but the bisecting die crack on the reverse piqued my interest. Put in the minimum bid and won it last night. This won't be my type set example but I think it's neat.

    I just don't recall ever seeing such a dramatic die crack - or really any die cracks - on war nickels. How prevalent are they?

    Seller's photos, don't have it in hand yet.

    Reverse.jpg Obverse.jpg Slab Obverse.jpg
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  3. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Very nice.
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  4. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    This is very common on this date and mm

    RRDC-5c-1944S-01R is the number of the first 44 S the second is RRDC-5C-1944S -02R
    Yours is the first one pup on reverse on the obv. The crack across the bottom of Tom's bust.
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  5. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    They are pretty common, I sold this one yesterday on eBay. It resided in my "homemade" NGC War Nickel Registry Set but was replaced recently by a full step example. I dubbed this coin the $and Dollar Nickel.


    Btw, there are more than one set of reverse dies that developed a crack that bisected the mintmark. Not all of them bisect the entire coin, but even that isn't really rare.
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  6. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    It also bears mentioning, that the full step example that bumped the coin shown above also has the same bisecting die crack.


    Btw, I am not sure what is holding your coin back from MS67, it looks very clean to me.
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  7. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    Good to see you post Larry definitely a good sign by me ..... hope your resting confortable.
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  8. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    What stunning coins!
  9. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    I love these cracks my one regret was selling one of these... IMG_7600-350x350.jpg
    Alan from Coinzip purchased it frrom me....I buy it back in a NY second.
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  10. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Interesting that both your coins have the exact same bisecting die crack, whereas mine is a different crack. That means that at least two different 1944-S reverse dies developed full cracks across the die and at close, but not quite the same, locations.
  11. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    There are like 6 1942 s nickels with the crack 3 of 1943 P. 2 of 1944 S make a neat sub set to obtain all.
  12. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

  13. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Paddy, what reference are you using? I don't have anything on Jefferson nickels.
  14. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Wow, that baby is ready to split right down the middle!
  15. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    Year it was an a 64 L Too! Its a $500+/- variety or more.

    I my memory serves me i believe that Larry has an 1836 dime split down the middle.
  16. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for everyone's interest! I learned a good bit and got a new on-line reference. My day is good!
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  18. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Well-Known Member

    Excellent ! Fascinating thread.
  19. Scott J

    Scott J Well-Known Member

    It looks like a lightning bolt
  20. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder Supporter

    cool coin and interesting discussion.
  21. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    There should be others of these, as that came off that obverse die. I have to check ours.
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